Hey sister, I see you, I know how hard it is to manage stress and anxiety while working really long hours finishing up that editing, and your mile-long to do list at 2 am. I can honestly say that I have been there too. As a mom and photographer, I know how hard it is to even find five minutes of alone time for you so that you can take care of yourself too. However, remember, that you can’t fill anyone else’s cup if you aren’t filling your own.
On these really hard days where we feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, and not enough for your kids and business, remember to turn off your brain, and your phone and indulge in a little bit of self care. I’m going to teach you how to manage stress and anxiety as a mom and photographer so that you can confidently, courageously, and excitedly move forward in your business.
Plan Ahead, Delegate & Outsource
One of the best things that you can do to create balance and reduce stress and anxiety is to plan ahead. Not only planning and scheduling your sessions but also implementing this into your daily life. Planning ahead doesn’t mean life has to be boring. It just means that you will have a beautiful routine that will help you avoid burnout, and feeling like you aren’t enough!
The next step will be to delegate tasks in your life. Delegating tasks to others can be a huge help to you in areas that you struggle in. Remember, even though you may be the only individual working in your business you can delegate tasks to family members, or hire help!
Finally, outsource! As a mom and photographer, you most likely don’t have hours upon hours to sit at your computer and edit. Don’t be afraid to outsource portions of your business that may not be your strong suit. You don’t have to do everything, my dear! Save your energy for what you do best – photographing.
Set Boundaries in your work and personal life.
For some of you mommas, this may sound like a no brainer, but for some of you, this is really hard. I know that I constantly struggle with wanting to please everyone. Realistically, if you are trying to please everyone you are going to lose yourself and your joy in the process.
Simple and effective ways to set boundaries in your work life: Know your numbers. Set office hours. Say no more often.
Now, it gets a little trickier in our personal lives to set boundaries, but it is equally as important. I have found the best way to maintain and honor these boundaries is to have open and honest communication with my family and friends. They may not always like what I need at that moment. However, it helps create a beautiful balance. Boundaires remove stress and anxiety from my plate as well. You aren’t selfish, you are human.
Create a like-minded circle of friends to support one another
I have found that being a mom and photographer is not an easy job! I see you nodding your head like yeah. Remember, there are plenty of clients out there for all of us. Find a few photographers that you connect with on a personal level. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Grab coffee with them. Encourage them and build that friendship. There is nothing more anxiety-inducing for me than feeling like I am alone. So, if you feel that way too, I encourage you to find a friend in our industry and begin a friendship.
I get it, it can be scary, and hard, especially as an adult, but having a small circle of friends in the industry relieves so much pressure and anxiety. Be intentional, be real, and be honest. You’ll thank me for it later.